It's hard to explain how much time and effort it can take to help a traumatized dog to just get back to being "normal". To gain confidence, learn how to trust again, not being constantly scared of everything and everyone..
It's been seven months since Obi-Wan arrived. Seven months of changing everything in life, some of it being changing jobs and staying at home all day every day. But most of all, it's been about completely changing mindset.
This guy has got my brain spinning constantly, always analyzing his body language and behavior, focusing on rewarding him with my voice, with sweets, with playtime, with cuddles. Anything he'll find positive.
To make sure he's given space, figure out when to push and when not to, make sure he gets enough rest to recover after stress.. Just "simply" focusing on learning his language to know when to do what. 🐕🎼
The list truely is endless, and it's extremely challenging, tiring and emotionally draining. Most of all, I just feel sorry and powerless for this little person who can't tell me what he's been through or how I can help him.
With that said, every step in the right direction is worth it. Him finding his way back to himself and to being a dog is priceless.
Occationally, it will be so clear how much he has grown. Things like smelling the ground when outside, not having his tail between his legs, "smelling the air" after someone's walked past..
In these photos, you see one of those REALLY BIG moments, which are rare.
The snow is finally gone and the lakes of the forests are almost completely free from ice. This day, Obi was different dog. His tail high and wagging, constantly running, smelling everything, jumping and strutting around. WITH PRIDE AND CONFIDENCE!
As soon as we found water, he walked straight in and loved it. He'd lay down, splash water around with his paws, run and stand to shake the water off just to walk back in to do the same again.
For him to be this relaxed and happy is what we aim for, and to see he's got it in him, even for just a breif moment, is everything.